Wednesday, January 7, 2009
3rd or 4th that is the question
Where to bat Mark Teixiera is the big question now. Joe Girardi was asked this question yesterday at the press conference and said he has some idea but wants to meet with all the coaches and players next month when they reach Tampa for Spring Training. I personally think Arod should bat 3rd with Tex protecting him in the clean up spot. I wonder though would Arod be insulted by this, i dont think he would and hope he wouldn't. I am sure people have many opinions on this and would like to hear what you think on this, please comment on this and im sure we can have a great discussion on it. If you go over to the http://faceoff.lohudblogs.com they are having a debate over this. Sam Borden of the Journal news and Rick Carpinello are the participants in this debate. I am sure Girardi will look at the stats and Tex does have better numbers batting 3rd and of course was unbelievable in that spot in front of Vlad Guerrero when he got traded to the Angels last year. Manny got all the attention but he batted over 350 himself and over 400 in the playoffs. Here are the career splits batting 3rd and 4th. Batting third 311BA,,293RBI,394obp,573slugging Batting 4th-278BA,77HR,247rbi,378obp,523slugging. He does have 123 more at bats in his career batting 3rd.